Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-221

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 21, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

    Two brothers face Attempted Felony Murder charges in home invasion.
    • Wednesday
    • June 6, 2012
    • Time: 1:07 AM
    • 14502 Chaucer Court
    • Tampa, Florida


    Ernest Hardy
    DOB: 12/12/1989
    2203 Cedar Trace Cr
    Tampa, Florida


    • Attempted First Degree Murder w/Firearm
    • Robbery


    Damarc Owens
    DOB: 1/19/1988
    2203 Cedar Trace Cr
    Tampa, Florida


    • Attempted Felony Murder
    • Robbery Home Invasion
    • Dealing in Stolen Property
    • False Information on Pawnbroker Form


    Larry West
    DOB: 3/13/1987
    14502 Chaucer Ct Apt #303
    Tampa, Florida


    On June 6, 2012, at approximately 1:07 a.m., two defendants Ernest Hardy and Damarc Owens forced their way into 14502 Chaucer Court Apt #303 in Tampa by shooting the lock off the front door. Once inside the apartment, the suspects ordered the victim, Larry West to the ground and proceeded to take two televisions and a cellphone.

    After taking the property, the victim, West started to get up thinking the suspects were gone at which time the defendant, Ernest Hardy shot the victim once in the buttocks. The defendants then fled the scene. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.

    Approximately twelve hours later, Damarc Owens pawned one of the stolen televisions using his Florida ID card. Deputies interviewed Owens on June 14, 2012 and Owens admitted to the home invasion and possessing a firearm during the robbery. On June 19, 2012, Owens identified his brother Ernest Hardy as the person who shot West.

    The victim positively identified Ernest Hardy from a line-up as the person who shot him.
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